By Sean Deters
Entirely East Lansing
During winter at Chandler Crossings apartment complex, you will find a basketball court that has been transformed into a hockey rink. It comes equipped with boards, nets, lights and good times with new friends.
“I love coming here, not only because I love to play, but because I get to meet new people who share the same love for the game as I do,” said Zack Ruffin, a former high school hockey player.
“Nobody’s selfish. If you come to the rink, everyone will welcome you and invite you to play with them,” said Ruffin, who discovered the hockey rink in January.
You don’t have to live at Chandler Crossings to use the rink.
“That’s the best part,” said Josh Mesclier, who lives on the corner of Gunson and Albert street, just off Michigan State’s campus. A former travel hockey player,Mesclier said the rink keeps him connected to the sport he loves.
“I’ve been looking for a place in East Lansing where I can play whenever I want and not be charged for it. I can come to Chandler Crossings any day during winter and play and socialize with new people,” said Mesclier, who said he goes twice a week and has made a lot of friends because of the rink.
“After games, we exchange numbers and it’s cool because if I want to play, I can call any of them up and they know they can do the same,” said Mesclier.
Emma Flynn used to skate all the time in her hometown of Commerce, Michigan. She said the rink makes winter in East Lansing less miserable and is a great way to meet new people.
“I’m so happy it exists. Instead of sitting inside and doing nothing, I can skate and be active,” said the third year education major.
“The people I’ve met here are so friendly. I’ve actually gone to the bar with a few of them,” she added.
The address to get to the rink is 3839 Hunsaker St.